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26 September 2017

  • Wigan Athletic beat Plymouth Argyle in Sky Bet League One
  •  Latics coach Peter Reid reflects on Plymouth victory
  • “There’s no finer player to put away the critical shot”- Peter Reid

Latics coach Peter Reid spoke to ifollow Latics after watching the side dominate a tight game and secure the points thanks to Nick Powell’s late penalty.

Nice to see you first and foremost and a good result tonight
The manager was shouting so much from the dugout and he’s lost his voice so you’ve got the unenviable pleasure of me. I thought Plymouth defended well, one of my old teams, they were hard to break down, but I thought we were patient. It’s very difficult to break down defences when they defend deep but we had to be patient as a team and we got a well-deserved decision. I thought it was a penalty, I was sat in the stands, there was a push and there’s not a finer player to take penalties than Nick Powell. People tell me they were nervous but watching him in training and in games, I’d every confidence he’s stick it in the back of the net and he did.

You’ve seen a lot of top players in your time, talent-wise, he’s right up there, isn’t he?
He’s terrific, especially in games like this, he’s got that little bit of ability to see things, some of his passing and movement is terrific on the pitch and he’s a player I think can get better. If he applies himself, he’s still a young man, keeps fit, he could still get there in the Premier League for me.

We’re going to have to get used to games like that because teams are going to come and do that, aren’t they?
We were just speaking about this in there (the manager’s office), with the reputation we, Wigan, have got at the moment, teams are going to come and make it difficult, which is their prerogative. If I was managing a team against Wigan at the moment, I’d make it tight, so yes, it’s about patience. I thought the fans were patient as well, which is important because when we’re passing it, we’re trying to find little holes and you’ve got to be patient. The patience paid for us today because it was a lovely little ball and there was contact in the box.

How much are you enjoying being involved?
Paul has kindly got me in here and I’m enjoying it immensely and to be fair, what you see out there on the pitch on match days is exactly what we do in training, pass and move, pass and move, trying to create little spaces. If I was going to be a bit critical, maybe our ball in the final third could be better, but it’s something we can work on. 

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